I’ve been wondering why my allergies have been getting worse lately, and I seem to have more breathing trouble than I used to. Then I heard an interview on CBC with a doctor who’s an expert on respiratory problems. He was talking about the zillions of kinds of mould and fungus that can grow inside pillows and cause health issues for people who lie on them. That got me thinking about my own pillows. I change sheets regularly, but it doesn’t matter if the stuff is actually inside the pillows. Furthermore, this guy was saying that so-called hypo-allergenic pillows harbour a significantly greater number of allergenic particles for some reason. It’s something like 100X more than natural feather pillows. My pillows are hypo-allergenic. So, I got out the vacuum cleaner and gave all of my bedding a good cleaning with it. The next morning, I woke up with no breathing trouble at all. I was definitely on to something. I know it’s not possible to get rid of all the junk living inside of a pillow, but if I make a habit of cleaning them like this, then maybe I can keep the problem under control. I also vacuumed the couch, blankets and padded chairs.

On a related note, I haven’t been using the fan blower on the heating/air conditioning unit because it makes a bloody loud whooshing noise whenever it’s on. I discovered yesterday that that’s because the filters I was using were letting too much air through, so I was hearing the sound of rapid air movement through the ductwork. I replaced the fibre filter with a more sturdy corrugated paper one and the noise is much more tolerable. Probably the air is cleaner too.

Finally, I got fed up with the drafty window above my bed. During the winter, my head would freeze all night, and I’m sure that’s not good. The stupid window crank is broken and doesn’t let me close the window properly, and for some reason the window frame isn’t flat, so there’s a gap in the bottom left corner that lets in a really chilly breeze whenever the wind blows against the building. Today I bought some adhesive neoprene weather stripping and plugged up the gaps. I’m looking forward to going to sleep now! 😛